BY CARLY CUMMINGS
Just the other day, I was talking with one of my clients, and we both couldn’t believe that it was almost the new year! Of course, we started talking about New Year’s resolutions and whether or not we participated in this ritual.
I said I did, perhaps informally. She mentioned trying to spend less money
next year, and I thought about my latest resolutions to eat healthier.
As we discussed a little further, I realized that our resolutions intersected in
fascinating way. Not only on a personal level, but on a world-wide scale.
This conversation led me to my 2020 New Year’s resolution – to tell as many people as I can about the resolution that can save them the most money in health care costs.
So, here it is:
Stop Eating Sugar
Sugar consumption is a world-wide problem and a personal problem that is costing individuals thousands and countries trillions of dollars.
Personal Sugar Elimination Savings
Sugar consumption alone accounts for over a third of most people’s health care costs. That is no joke, and a conservative estimate.
One study estimates couples will need about $285,000 in savings to cover health care costs after age 65. Conceivably, cutting sugar from your diet could save you $95,000 or more on health care and drugs!
National Sugar Elimination Savings
Additionally, the savings is compounded on a national level for developed countries. For example, in the U.S., the health care system spends about $1 trillion or more per year on medical costs directly tied to excess sugar consumption.
This is about one third of the total U.S. health care costs. Unfortunately, other developed countries are not far behind.
Sugar Diseases Are Not Just for Overweight People
You might think that you don’t eat a lot of sugar, but think again. Sugar is everywhere. In fact, it is in 74% of processed foods! From ketchup to bread, it is in a lot of the foods we consider healthy.
However, it is not just overweight individuals that have diseases related to sugar. In fact, 40% of all “skinny” people also have signs and symptoms of metabolic diseases linked to excess sugar in their diets.
Here are just a few bad effects of sugar consumption:
Sugar Makes You Fat
Some people show their sugar-fat to the world and some people hide the fat around their organs, but it has the same consequences.
Sugar Makes You Sick
The list of conditions unlocked by sugar consumption is quite long and includes diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, tooth decay, fatty liver disease, and probably Alzheimer’s, cancer, and early signs of aging.
Sugar Makes You an Addict
Just as some people can be addicted to cigarettes and alcohol, others are addicted to sugar. Take back your control.
The skin sagging and dementia threats alone should have you tossing out the cookies!
What to Do? Setting Your Sugar Reducing Resolution
The good news is that we can reverse some or most of the negative effects of sugar on the body and mind. Moreover, doing so will save you over 30% on your health costs now and in the future.
Just think about how much money you could save in drug costs alone if you could stop taking drugs related to metabolic diseases.
Eliminating or significantly reducing sugar in your diet this year should be at the top of your Resolutions List. However, it’s not an easy one to tackle, and it’s one you can add back every year. As you know, it’s a life-long journey to eat healthy, and so we should commit to it every day.
My Sugar Reducing Journey
A couple years ago, I went through my own sugar elimination journey. My family overhauled our S.A.D. diet (Standard American Diet) and transitioned to a low-sugar diet. Along the way, we ended up being a low-carb family as well. As a result, I lost 40 lbs and my husband lost 100 lbs!
We have stuck with it too. Once you break the sugar dependency cycle, it gets easier. We still eat cake on birthdays and chocolate on special occasions, but as a rule, we try to have as many zero sugar days as possible.
An Evergreen Resolution
As a Medicare Insurance Agent, and as a former yoga and wellness entrepreneur, I have seen both sides of the coin – money and health – when it comes to the positive effects of eliminating sugar. It is one of the most powerful New Year’s resolutions you can set each year.
However, you can stop eating sugar any time of year. Whenever you happen to be reading this, start your sugar reduction journey now. Your body, your brain, and even your wallet will thank you for it!
This free 10-Day Sugar Elimination Challenge can help you to kick off your no sugar (or very low sugar) future. It offers tips, tricks, and sample meal plans to help you get started on your journey to better health and even saving money just by eliminating sugar.